3rd young Hispanic found dead in another gang-related slaying

| October 30, 2017
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On Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at approximately 9:00 a.m., acting on a tip, members of the Anne Arundel County Police Department located human remains. The remains were located in a wooded area near Open View Lane, Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, Maryland. Despite this being in Ward 7 of the City of Annapolis, Anne Arundel County Police Homicide Unit Detectives responded to the scene and assumed command of the investigation.

The remains were recovered and transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) in Baltimore. Preliminary examination by the OCME indicates the remains are that of a young adult male with evidence of trauma and the manner of death being homicide. The Anne Arundel County Police Department is working with the OCME and neighboring jurisdictions in an attempt to positively identify the remains.

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Over the last several weeks the Anne Arundel County Homicide Unit has been working on getting the recovered remains from the wooded area of Open View Lane positively identified. The Anne Arundel County Police Latent Print Section was able to positively identify the remains as Neris Goivani Bonilla-Palacios a seventeen year old male from 600 block of Severn Island Court, Annapolis, Maryland. Neris Bonilla-Palacios went missing from his residence on Saturday, August 5, 2017 and was reported missing to the Annapolis Police Department on August 7, 2017.

Since the discovery of the remains homicide detectives have been working with the OCME and States Attorney’s Office in regards to the trauma received by the victim and the ruling of homicide. Evidence leads homicide detectives to believe that he was murdered around the time of his disappearance. Homicide detectives are confident that this is a gang related targeted crime and not a random act of violence.

These are very fluid and active investigation where the Anne Arundel County Police is urging anyone with information to come forward by calling the Anne Arundel County Homicide Unit at 410-222-4731. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous can also contact the Anne Arundel County Police Tip Line 410-222-4700 or Metro Crime Stoppers.

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